Welcome To The Stony Brook Camera Club


For over 50 years SBCC's mission statement has been “To promote enjoyment and proficiency in all aspects of photography through education, fellowship, exchange of knowledge and experience; and a broad appreciation of nature and environment.”  SBCC includes and welcomes members of all abilities. Whether a casual smartphone shooter or an advanced photographer, everyone grows in knowledge and experience through SBCC’s many programs and workshops.

The Stony Brook Camera Club meets virtually on Thursdays at 6:30 PM for a social hour and 7:30 for the program from September to June. See our calendar for the schedule of events. Our meetings feature competitions, speakers, image studies and discussions of general interest. We also sponsor a number of image-taking activities all year. Anyone is welcome to attend and experience what we are about, although participation in competitions and our many activities requires membership (see the Membership menu item in the Main Menu above).

We hope you enjoy this site and your time with us all.


The Slideshow to the right features  Ribbon Winning Images from our 2023-2024 Competitions

Interested in seeing what Stony Brook Camera Club is all about? You are welcome to join as a Guest Member for 30 days. Just fill out this Form and you will be added to the attendee list for the next 30 days. 



Upcoming Meetings


For now, all of our meetings will either be:

"Zoom" - This meeting is via Zoom only
"Franklin" - This meeting is in person in Franklin at the Church of the Redeemer and via Zoom. See below for our Covid Policy



February 15th - Zoom Only - "Photo Safaris: Tips, Tricks and Recommendations" presented by Ugo

Going on a photo safari can be the experience of a lifetime, but it could also be a disappointment if one does not know what to expect and is therefore not well prepared for it. With this presentation, I am going to share with you some of what I've learned going on photo safaris: where and when to go, with whom, what equipment to bring, and more.My objective is to make your experience more rewarding and enjoyable, should you decide to go on a photo safari.

Bio: Ugo Cei is a fine-art travel and landscape photographer from Italy. If you were to ask him what he does, he would say that he is an educator who helps photography enthusiasts sharpen their skills, so that they can take amazing pictures. His passion for photography and for travel go hand in hand: the experiences you make while traveling widen your horizons, while photography is a means to relive those emotions later. An engineer by education, he knows all that there is to know about technology and software, but firmly believes those are just tools that should be subject to the artistic vision.



February 22nd - Franklin and Zoom - "Telling the Whole Story with Panorama Photography" presented by Joe Brady

Some scenes simply don’t express the feeling of the place with a standard size image. When you encounter a vast landscape and take it all in, there is no way to capture what you saw with an 8x10 print. 

We will explore the techniques, the gear, and the how-to’s of capturing, combining and editing panoramic images. Using both Lightroom and Photoshop, you will understand how to use the software tools and settings to produce the best panoramic images possible.


February 23nd  -  Competition Deadline - Friday at 11:59 PM -  Digital Nature


February 29th - "Capturing Alaska's Untamed Beauty" presented John Slonina

Embark on a photographic journey through Alaska's captivating landscapes with John Slonina. Conquer the challenges of unpredictable weather and logistical hurdles as he shares valuable knowledge on capturing stunning images of glaciers, wildlife, and the enchanting aurora borealis. John will share essential tips on ensuring bear safety, choosing optimal travel methods, and discovering prime locations for wildlife encounters. Let John's passion for photography and a decade of Alaskan experiences inspire your next adventure.

Bio: John Slonina, an award-winning nature photographer and conservationist with over 40 years of experience, is dedicated to preserving wild places and creatures. His work has graced books, calendars, and galleries worldwide, fostering a personal connection to nature that he believes is crucial for conservation. Formerly in business management, John shifted gears to pursue his passion for nature photography, leading tours and sharing his outdoor expertise. Beyond photography, he enjoys activities like kayaking, wildlife observation, hiking, and spending quality time with family and friends. Please visit his website at www.sphotography.com.


March 4th - Competition Deadline - Monday at 11:59 PM - Color Prints and Black & White Prints


March 7th - Competition Night - Digital Nature, Color Prints and B&W Prints


Women vs Men Photo Challenge June 6, 2024


Submit images by May 31, 2024

On January 25, 2025, women club members will be paired with a male club member, and the two of you will be  randomly assigned a category. You may interpret the category as you wish, and you can use images taken at any date. Images must be submitted by May 31, 2024 at midnight (submission instructions will be sent out before then).

The Challenge will be held on June 6, 2024 both at the Church and on Zoom. Women images will be shown side-by-side with their male counterpart, where 2 judges (one female, one male) will evaluate and pronounce the winner. The overall Women vs Men winner will be tabulated and announced at the end of the evening.



Upcoming Workshops

Creative Abstracts with Jim Borrebach April 20, 2024

This is a repeat of this popular workshop. We will be shooting Creative Abstracts both in an indoor setting and outdoors.  Setups will include paper, oil in water, and reflections in iridescent glass and mylar.  A portion of the workshop will be outside where we will search for abstract compositions in nature that could include reflections, spring growth, etc.  A wide range of lenses from macro to wide angle to telephoto will work, including cell phones.

10 participants max, $15 per member

 Registration opens 3/28/24 at 5 pm

For more information and to register click here: /club/Events_view.aspx?Eventid=8aca58c1-ddf3-424c-bce8-1d6412a2d50b





Multi-Club Competition - April 30, 2024

All members of the Boston, Gateway, Newton and Stony Brook Camera Clubs are invited to participate in the friendly 5th Annual Multi-Club Competition to be hosted online on April 30, 2024, 7:00-9:30 PM. All images must be created within a one-year period beginning April 1, 2023 and ending March 31, 2024.

More information and definitions may be found on this page>>  /d/1fb67886-c7f2-4bd9-97c3-cba859cfa181


1. Abstract Expressionism

2. Complementary Colors

3. Curves

4. High Key/Low Key

5. Music

6. Seasons

7. Street Photography

8. Tender Moment(s)


SBCC members can join the SBCC Meetup group for free. We schedule photo walks and field trips via Meetup. This is the LINK to Meetup. How to schedule a Meetup - click HERE


Rob DeRobertis Restrospective and Chat File

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Through Your Eyes Invitation - Highlighting Some Of Our Members

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Check out more videos HERE


After 2 years of hiatus, SBCC Reflections is back! In case you aren't familiar with the newsletter, you can check out past issues HERE.

Donna Parker and Tom Amsterburg are now the editors of Reflections and they would like to solicit articles from members for the newsletter, such as travelogues, how-to articles, review of favorite editing software, "how I made this image", and so forth. 
They want to hear from YOU, our members, so please reach out to them with your images and article ideas. Below are the links to their email addresses.

Tom's EMAIL 
Donna’s EMAIL



Need suggestions for places to go out and shoot???


Check out our information on Photo Shoot Locations at /d/b56444bf-9b6e-4ac3-a22d-b3e2f5f766be   or Click on the “Resources & Links” tab and then Click on “Photo Shoot Locations”.


SBCC COVID-19 Policy

  1. Up-to-date COVID vaccinations in-line with CDC recommendations are mandatory in order to attend all in-person meetings, including indoor meetups and workshops. Members are on the honor system to comply.
  1. Face masks are optional.
  1. SBCC is pleased to offer a hybrid format for those meetings that will be held in-person this season. Any members not comfortable attending will always have the option of joining remotely via Zoom or a similar streaming format.

  2. We will keep current with trends and regulations and may change our policy as needed.




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